BR #44 | The Last Avatar (Age of Kalki 1) | Vishwas Mudagal | HarperCollins India | ★★★★★

Book - The Last Avatar (Age of Kalki 1)
Author - Vishwas Mudagal
Publisher - HarperCollins India
Rating - ★★★★




Author Bio: (from book) Vishwas Mudagal is a best-selling author, serial entrepreneur, CEO, angel investor and a motivational speaker. An alumnus of RV College of Engineering, Bengaluru, he is currently the CEO & co-founder of GoodWorksLab and the co-founder of GoodWorksCoWork.

Writing is his passion, and he has embraced storytelling as his parallel career. He is the author of the best-selling novel, Losing My Religion.

Mudagal is a widely followed social media influencer with more than 60 million views on his web series called AskVishwas. To know more, visit: www.vishwasmudagal.com

Book Review: "The Last Avatar (Age of Kalki 1)" by Vishwas Mudagal is a mythological science fiction based on the tenth and last avatar of Lord Vishnu - Kalki avatar. While the book in itself is not an accurate tale of Lord Kalki since he is yet to arrive on our world according to Hindu scriptures, it serves as an entertaining interpretation and re-imagination by the author. We are thrust into the futuristic world where machines, robotics, advanced AI, top-notch research and superhumans are the cradle of civilization amidst a looming threat of terrorist group known as 'The Invisible Hand'.

Kalki, the protagonist, is portrayed here as a masked vigilante who would do anything for India. Having lost far too much during childhood, he is under a vow to protect his motherland under any circumstances. His exceptional skills and dedication earns him an alliance with 'The Rudras' -  an ancient and secret organization entrusted to protect the 'Scriptures of God'. Kalki's teenage is backed by Arya and Tiger, two of his closest associates who help him build an army of Vanaroids, inspired by the monkey-god Hanuman. With high-level futuristic tech and awe-inspiring weapons engulfing the majority of pages, Kalki must find a way to stop General Jian, the maniac Chinese villain who intends to make the world his slave, while also fighting traitors at home. He is assisted in his quest by Nushen, an artificially created Chinese superhuman who in turn is backed by her superhuman brother Shen.

Will Kalki be able to defend the world from an impending third war? Will Nushen succeed in killing General Jian or fall in his hands as he wishes to marry her? Who are the enemies and allies of Kalki? Is there any nuclear threat to nations? All these questions and actions are packed up in plots, sub-plots, and twists of praiseworthy scale along with a promise of a sequel from the author.

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